Good morning, Royal Family:
When we ask God to help purify and sanctify us, what does it mean? Yesterday, God called us to be holy because He Is holy. However, the Word of God also tells us to sanctify and consecrate ourselves. Apparently, that means there is some work that we have to put in as well.
The Message Bible (MSG)
Place Your Life Before God
12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
I’m going to share something very personal, in regard to consecrating my life for God and to God. About a month ago, I was having my prayer time and the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and said, “Remove everything from your house that dishonors me. Get all of the pictures and statues of Buddha out of your house.”
At first I was very confused. Images of Buddha evoke feelings of calmness and tranquility. I asked the Lord, “Why, Lord?” He clearly said, “Because, I ALONE am ENOUGH. You do not need to look to anything or anyone to be your peace except for Me. Marcia, there are blessings I want to give you, but I cannot release them until you fully consecrate your home and your life to Me. I have already prepared a GREATER PLACE for you, Marcia, but you must know that it was ME AND ME ALONE that poured out the blessings and favor.” In that instant, I called home, told my husband to throw away everything. I didnt want ANYTHING between me and God.
You are welcome in this place, Jehovah God. Purify this (pointing at yourself) temple. Not only the buildings made of stone and metal, but the temple that contains my heart, mind and soul. You are welcome in “this” place.